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CMU To Host Major Futsal Tournament

Mark your calendars for January 20-21 when CMU will host their inaugural Copa de la Paz (Cup of Peace) Futsal Tournament in the Loewen Athletic Centre. “This is a major event for us as we make efforts to increase the soccer opportunities for our CMU soccer programs as well as the other collegiate programs in Manitoba”, says CMU Director of Athletics, Russell Willms.

Developed in South America, Futsal or fútbol de salón (hall or indoor football) is played by teams of five players, one of which is a goalkeeper on an indoor court, where walls are not in play. The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

The tournament will feature men’s and women’s teams from University of St-Boniface, Providence University College, Red River College and the hosting teams from CMU. Local Premier Development League club, WSA Winnipeg has also committed their support by providing a raffle prize-pack that includes a pair of season tickets to their upcoming 2012 PDL campaign, joining other tournament sponsors Home Run Sports and Little Caesar’s Pizza.

“We are happy to have the soccer community behind us in this way and we hope that this tournament will lead other Manitoba colleges and universities to get involved to host similar events”, adds Willms.

CMU is hopeful that the Copa de la Paz will also promote continued development of  sportsmanship, friendship and camaraderie amongst the Manitoba collegiate players. “We often say at CMU, ‘Peace is at the heart of everything that we do.’ It is out of this campus-focus that the Cup of Peace has taken it’s name. It is our hope that this tournament will be a means by which new friendships can be born amongst our athletes through sport.”

Day Passes are available at the gate for $3 for Adults and $2 for Students.

Friday, January 20th

6PM Red River v. St-Boniface (Men)

7PM CMU v. Providence (Women)

8PM Red River College v. St-Boniface (Women)

9PM CMU v. Providence (Men)


Saturday, January 21st

10AM CMU v. Red River (Women)

11AM CMU v. Red River (Men)

12PM Providence v. St-Boniface (Men)

1PM Providence v. St-Boniface (Women)

2PM St-Boniface v. CMU (Women)

3PM Red River v. Providence (Men)

4PM Red River v. Providence (Women)

5PM St-Boniface v. CMU (Men)

7PM Women’s Championship Final

8PM Men’s Championship Final

Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association